To hear Democrats tell it, Barr is acting as Trump’s personal goon, kneecapping anyone the President doesn’t like.
In fact, Pelosi & Co. are already talking about impeaching him because… something something something.
Democrats have demanded more information about Mr. Barr’s intervention in the case of Roger Stone, a longtime Trump confidant who was convicted in November of lying to Congress and other charges. Mr. Barr this week overruled prosecutors who had recommended that Mr. Stone be sentenced to 7 to 9 years in prison.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized Mr. Barr on Thursday, calling him one of Mr. Trump’s “henchmen.”
“The attorney general has stooped to such levels,” Ms. Pelosi said. “What a sad disappointment. The American people deserve better.” — Source CSM
As far as we can tell, it’s mostly because they loathe anyone with an (R) after their name. Yes, Nancy, that IS a synonym for ‘hate’… only stronger. Can you imagine if AG Barr did something truly outrageous, like calling himself ‘the president’s wingman’? Oh, wait. Someone else already did that, didn’t they? The only AG ever blasted for Criminal contempt of Congress.
The claim is that Barr took an interest in the Roger Stone case BECAUSE Trump told him to when it became a story. Barr refutes that.
He goes even further, saying that Trump hasn’t intervened in ANY cases.
… the decision to undo the sentencing recommendation was made before Mr. Trump tweeted about it, and he said the president had not asked him to intervene in any cases. — Source CSM
Here is the White House officially confirming that account:
White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley stated Wednesday that neither President Donald Trump nor White House officials spoke with Attorney General Bill Barr about changing the sentencing recommendations for Roger Stone.
“Unequivocally no,” Gidley said on Fox News when asked about the topic. “He didn’t talk to Attorney General [Bill] Barr before the sentence. In fact, the Attorney general and DOJ made it very clear they made this decision before any tweet went out. They made this decision on their own.”
…“The prior filing submitted by the United States on February 10, 2020 does not accurately reflect the Department of Justice’s position on what would be a reasonable sentence in this matter,” DOJ said in a statement. “While it remains the position of the United States that a sentence of incarceration is warranted here, the government respectfully submits that the range of 87 to 108 months presented as the applicable advisory Guidelines range would not be appropriate or serve the interests of justice in this case.” — DailyCaller
Do you think this will be enough to make Dems abandon their talking points?
Of course not. They are engaging in a war of attrition, and they are going to discredit as many figures in Trump’s administration as they can.
With the economy roaring, and their party in shambles, it’s their only real play at the moment.